- one of the unjointed rudimentary limbs or processes of locomotion of many worms, as annelids.
Origin of parapodium
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Examples from the Web for parapodia
The parapodia are sometimes divided into distinct lobes or branches.
The parapodia, as in the Capitellidae, are hardly developed.
The presence of parapodia distinguish this from other groups of Chaetopoda.
No other member of the group is known to have any trace of setae or parapodia at any stage of development.
The parapodia have, besides the bristles, a second set of hair-like appendages, called cirri.
- any of the paired unjointed lateral appendages of polychaete worms, used in locomotion, respiration, etc
- any of various similar appendages of other invertebrates, esp certain molluscs
New Latin: from para- 1 + -podium
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